Timeline of Slatington History

Slatington's First Ambulance

Was Driven Through Our Streets on Tuesday
Sixty Dollars Was Added to the List During the Week--Donations of Muslin for Bandages Solicited

The new ambulance towards which the business men and citizens of town so liberally responded to the call of THE NEWS for subscriptions, arrived on Monday and was driven through our streets by the driver "Wal" Neff on Tuesday afternoon.

The ambulance is an up-to-date conveyance and was manufactured by Messrs. Fulton & Walker of Phila. It is called "The Hospital's Favorite" and is trimmed in Pantasote leather, sash, side and drop, outside trimmings of leather, rubber tires; it is provided with two stretchers with adjustable head rests, medicine chests, outside lamps, gong, brass mountings, rear step, pole for two horses. A red cross with a gold letter "S" is on both sides, above which is painted the word "Slatington."

The harness was made by T. F. Shiffert of town, and is mounted with brass. The cost of the ambulance is $562 and the harness $50.

The movement originated several months ago through a communication in THE NEWS by Dr. J. P. Brown, urging the slate operators to secure an ambulance. THE NEWS at once recognized the necessity of securing it and started fund which met with the approval of the business men and citizens, as can be seen below by the liberal donations towards it.

As stated in last week's issue the fund will close today. Sixty dollars was added to the list during the week.

The subscriptions to date are as follows:

Star Lodge Council, No. 68, Jr. O.U.A.M., $25.
James L. Foote, $5.00
H. E. Daum, $5.00
H. W. Hankee, $3.00
Washington Camp, No, 119, P.O.S. of A., $25.00
Columbia Slate Co., $25.00
Provident Slate Co., $25.00
Frank Jacobs, $5.00
Heimbach Slate Co., $25.00
James Craig, $5.00
Hazel Dell Slate Co., $25.00
National School Slate Co., $25.00
F. Horlacher, $15.00
E. D. Peters & Sons, $25.00
Cash, $1.00
H. H. Mission, $5.00
John F. Berkemeyer, $5.00
Cambridge Slate Co., $25.00
Pittston Slate Co., $25.00
Slatington National Bank, $25.00
Slatington Roller Mill, $15.00
Thomas Zellner, $10.00
Knights of Pythias Lodge, $5.00
Slatington Slate Co., $25.00
Eureka Slate Co., $25.00
Neff Brothers, $25.00
Thomas Kern, $10.00
A. A. Kern, $5.00
James M. Kern, $5.00
T. F. Shiffert, $2.50
Dettmer & Handwerk, $10.00
E. F. Schertzinger, $5.00
Slatington F. M. & B. Works, $5.00
Krum & Owens, $10.00
Carbon Slate Co., $25.00
Slatington Knitting Mill, $10.00
J. V. Liddon & employees L. V. Station, $5.00
Griffith Bros. Slate Co., $25.00
Blue Valley Slate Co., $25.00
Washington Slate Co., $10.00
Geo. M. Harleman, $5.00
Citizen's National Bank, $25.00
Star Slate Co., $15.00
Fairview Slate Co., $10.00
M. J. Roberts Slate Co., $10.00

Boyer Bros 10 yeards (sic) muslin for bandages.

Donations of muslin will be received by us and acknowledged through the columns of THE NEWS.

The Slatington News, 31 October 1903


National Bank Building

The Handsome Structure Visited by Hundreds
One of the Most Beautiful Bank Buildings in the States--Souvenirs Given Away

The grand opening of the Slatington National Bank's new building was held on Thursday of last week. The public was invited and hundreds of people of town and vicinity turned out to inspect the handsome new structure which has been in course of construction for some time past. The building occupies the site of the old bank. Souvenir coins with a miniature picture of the bank, its name, when it was organized on one side and "We solicit your business," "Interest paid on Time Deposits," the names of the officers and directors and "Safe deposit boxes for rent," on the other side.

The building is 34 by 65 feet and is built of brick with base and steps of granite. The front is built of Indiana limestone. Two bronze metal posts with electric lights are situated on each side of the entrance. The entire interior of the building is of San Domingo mahogany finish, highly polished. The floor of the vestibule, the lobby and the vaults are beautifully tiled with vetrified brick. To the right as you enter is the writing room provided with mahogany chairs and tables together with such stationary as a person doing business with a bank might need.

To the left is President E. D. Peters and Cashier Wm. H. Gish's room, which is in harmony with the general beauty of the bank's quarters.

In the centre of the lobby is the teller's cage with receiving and paying teller's wickets. The tops of teller's desks are 1 inch smooth glass. Cage fittings are highly polished brass. The floor is covered with cork carpet. In the rear of the cage is the working space, where the telephone booth is located, both local and long distance phones have been installed. This section is also carpeted with cork.

Next in order are the two vaults, the book vault and the safety deposit and money vault both of which have time locks. In the latter is a Crome Steel money safe with time lock.

Alongside of the book vault are the lockers (clothing closets) used by the officers and clerks. In the rear of the safety deposit vault are two coupon rooms.

In the northeast corner is the stairway which leads down into the basement to a storage vault and the heating room. Beyond the stairway is the lavatory.

In the rear the officers and directors room is located. It is furnished with a large mahogany table, chairs and mantel pieces, with French beveled mirror and combination asbestos gas log fireplace. The floor is carpeted with Wilton velvet. This room presents a magnificent appearance.

The entire building is illuminated by gas and electricity supported on beautiful chandeliers with highly polished combination fissures and frosted and figured globes. Heated by steam.

The ceiling is handsomely frescoed and decorated with beautifully designed cathedral glass.

All in all it is a very elaborate building presenting a handsome appearance on the outside and a most beautiful inside. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful bank buildings in the state and of which Slatington can well be proud of.

The Slatington News, 6 June 1903